Defense-Related Uranium Mines Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) completed a 2014 report to Congress on defense-related uranium mine (DRUM) sites in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Forest Service [USFS]), affected states and tribes, and the interested public. This report examined the scope of the problem posed by the sites. DOE was able to determine the status of reclamation and remediation at 15 percent of the mines and concluded that more consultation and field work could be done to better define the scope of the problem.
As follow-up to the report, LM established partnerships with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and USFS to verify and validate (V&V) the condition of DRUM sites on lands managed by these agencies. DOE estimates that more than 2,000 of the mines are on federal public lands and national forests. In fiscal year 2017, LM established a DRUM program and began providing technical assistance to BLM and USFS to help them locate, inventory and assess the conditions of DRUM sites. The results of these V&V activities will help BLM and USFS determine the statuses of DRUM sites and whether they present potential physical safety hazards and potential risks to human health and the environment.
To submit information, questions, and comments, please contact:
Legacy Management Support Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management
11025 Dover St., Ste. 1000, Westminster, CO 80021
(866) 559-8316 (toll-free)